"INTJ" Themes and Relationships
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||INTJ - Conceptualizer Director
|Likely Social Style:
- Theme is strategizing, envisioning, and
- Talents lie in defining
goals, creating detailed plans, and
- Devise strategy,
give structure, establish complex plans to
reach distant goals dictated by a strong
vision of what is needed in the long run.
- Thrive on putting theories to work and
are open to any and all ideas that can be
integrated into the complex systems they
seek to understand.
- Drive themselves hard
to master what is needed to make progress
Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
For Conceptualizer Directors, life is a process of
maximizing achievement—not just accomplishments—
but achievements that reflect penetrating thought and
insightful integration of all they’ve learned. And they
can never learn enough. A constant drive for selfmastery
is what keeps them focused on achievement,
whether masterminding a project or venture or
developing their social or physical skills. They enjoy
mastering anything that attracts—the more challenging,
Their thought processes tend to be integrative,
analytical, and often complex. It is as if they see a map
of a domain by analyzing what is really there and then
build a vision of where to go that no one has ever thought
of yet. Then the long-range strategizing just happens.
This internal map keeps the vision in focus, and they
just know the action steps that need to be planned for
and taken. Sometimes they dress the plan up with logic
because all others see is the plan, not the underlying
concepts behind it.
Systems thinking comes naturally to them as
they quickly grasp the interrelatedness of everything
in their universe. They have a talent for seeing the
reasons behind things. People often don’t appreciate
the complexity of thought behind what is a deceptively
simple strategy that keeps them and their endeavors on
the leading edge.
It is important for them to maintain independence,
to be an independent thinker. In the interpersonal
realm, this can become a problem as people misread the
independence and masterminding for arrogance rather
than an inner desire to find useful solutions that will help
people in the long run. They know how important it is
to get to where they (we) are going and must hold fast to
the vision even if others don’t see it. Realizing progress
toward goals is necessary for their survival. When
progress is not being made, life is dull and draining.
Yet progress often feels illusive, since it may be outside
their control. In response, they develop strategies like
recruiting others who share their vision.
Interacting with others is perhaps their biggest
challenge as they apply their strategic thinking to
the social arena. Finding ways to be spontaneously
genuine requires them to set aside strategy and
independence, which is sometimes more difficult than
mastering social skills.
For Conceptualizer Directors, relationships are about
progress and should serve a positive purpose. Even
occasional growth will be enough to continue a
relationship, but if there is no improvement they will
give up because there is apparently no point. They will
want to learn from the experience and then go on. They
enjoy collegial relationships with others who stimulate
their thinking. They can be either stubborn about their
own point of view or in a state of complete doubt about
what’s going on. They are often oblivious to the effect of
their responses on others and can be defensive if feeling
questioned. They tend to be absorbed in work yet enjoy
time with people, but they tend to see purely social time
as wasteful. They can instantly latch onto someone they
have a strong intuition about and will feel very loyal to
that person, staying for the long haul. Staying means
the relationship is not a waste of time; it fits in the larger
scheme of life.
In their close relationships, they want an ultimate
connective experience. They are very private, showing
affection only to those close to them. They don’t like
the feeling of being indecisive and kept up in the air
emotionally. Because communicating emotions feels
embarrassing, they want some structured way to interact
and communicate, to leave no room for uncertainty. This
can make them look more traditional than they really are.
This concludes "Themes and Relationships for INTJ,"
A Personality Type Description.
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